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This is a very common spice used in Indian cuisine to give curry its beautiful yellow coloring. It stains very easily, so make sure not to get it on your clothes. Its taste is described as mild peppery to warm and bitter while its fragrance is sweet and pleasant, slightly reminiscent of a mix of orange-zest and ginger to which it is related. Once harvested, the root is boiled, dried, and ground to prepare distinctive bright yellow spice powder.